About Diphtheria antibodies
What is diphtheria?
Diphtheria is an infection predominantly of the nose and throat, that is caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheriae. It is highly contagious, either through person-to-person contact or through the air via coughing or sneezing. Some people may be carriers of the bacterium who can pass it on to others without exhibiting symptoms themselves.
Instances of diphtheria in the UK are relatively rare due to widespread vaccination, it is more commonly acquired from other countries when travelling. Symptoms of diphtheria infection are a result of a toxin released into the body, they include grey-white coating of the back of the throat, sore throat, headaches, swollen glands and difficulty swallowing or breathing.
Why take the test?
This test screens for antibodies produced in an immune response to diphtheria infection. It is typically used to diagnose diphtheria.
How it works
Order your kit
Just order a test online and get your kit delivered right to you door. Your kit contains everything you need for the test.
Take your test and post
Follow our simple instructions to take your sample and post back the enclosed prepaid envelope to our accredited lab for processing. We also offer home or workplace visits by a qualified nurse.
Get results directly to your dashboard
You will receive an email notification from our medical team when your results are available on your secure personalised health dashboard.
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